International military maneuvers, posturing and simulated scenarios are increasing

Leaving the on going Syrian, Iraqi, Afghan, Yemen, Ukrainian and African conflicts aside for the time being, 2015 and 2016 (including those planned for 2016) have seen increased international military maneuvers, posturing and simulated scenarios to keep respective military personnel and equipment in a state of combat readiness should anything untoward occur.

Is this a sign of things to come? Many of the conflicts that are currently on-going around the world such as those mentioned at the beginning of this post, involve either directly or by proxy, the very same countries carrying out increased military maneuvers and combat scenarios on a regular basis.

Paranoia seems to be at an all time high among respective politicians and military leaders as countries compete globally over their national interests and resources. Propaganda seems to be on overdrive among the different main stream media news outlets, some of which can be seen in previous posts on The WIDER View.

Though none of this is a sign of imminent conflict between any particular nations, it does highlight the increased climate of distrust and volatility at present, more so given the differing interest in currently on going conflicts.

Saudi Arabia: North Thunder – (Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Pakistan, Jordan, the UAE, and some Gulf states, through maritime, air and land efforts).

Quote from Al Arabiya article link:

‘Asiri said the alliance brought together Arab and Islamic forces to gain experience and they would be prepared to protect the region’s stability if needed.’

 

Iran: Test firing ballistic missiles on the 09 Mar 2016.

Iran ballistic Missiles

Quote from Fars news article link:

‘The drills are meant to test advanced missile defense systems as well as showcase the deterrence power and the clout of the IRGC forces in defending the country’s territorial integrity against foreign threats.’

 

US, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand: Naval exercise Sang Yong / Twin Dragons.

Quote from Yonhap article link:

‘We will carry out these exercises while keeping tabs on signs of North Korean provocations,” a South Korean official said. “If the North provokes us during this exercise, the U.S. and our troops will retaliate with an attack ten-fold stronger.’

 

NATO: Exercise Trident 2015.

Quote from NATO news article link:

Trident Juncture is the largest NATO exercise for over a decade,” said Deputy Secretary General Ambassador Alexander Vershbow. “Trident Juncture will increase our readiness and our ability to work together, including with our partners. It will demonstrate that NATO is capable of responding to threats from any direction.

 

NATO US, Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, Turkey: Crisis Response Operation Scenario exercise Breeze 2015.

 

NATO Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland​, ​Germany, Latvia, Netherlands​, Pol​​​and, Spain, Sweden, US, UK and Norway): Exercise Cold Response 2016.

Quote from Marines news article link:

“This is the biggest [exercise] in Norway this year. We are lucky enough to have a presence from 13 allies and partners,” said Søreide. “The Americans have the strongest and biggest contribution; we are so grateful for that.”

 

Russia, Kazakhstan: Exercise Center 2015.

Quote from RT news article link:

‘The year’s largest military drills in Russia are concluding, with nearly 100,000 servicemen preparing to return to home bases. The exercise involved all the armed forces. The firing range saw Iskander missile complexes testing strike precision.’

 

Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikista: Exercise Collective Rapid Reaction Force, Interaction 2015.

Quote from Russian MOD news article link:

‘In the course of the exercise, there were practiced issues of preparation and performance of joint operations on localization of an armed conflict for securing national sovereignty, defence of the constitutional order and recovery of territorial integrity of an imaginary state – the member of the CSTO.’

 

Russia, Belarus: Exercise Union Shield 2015.

Quote from Russian MOD news article link:

‘In total, more than 8,000 servicemen, 400 pieces of armament and military hardware, and 80 aircraft were involved in the event.’

 

Russia: The strategic command and staff exercises Kavkaz 2016.

Quote from TASS news agency article link:

‘Defense Minister, General of the Army Sergey Shoigu: “Let me speak separately about the preparations for the strategic command and staff exercises Kavkaz-2016. It is important to assess our capabilities for protecting national interests in the south-western strategic direction amid the uneasy international military and political situation.’

 

North Korea: Alleged nuclear war head miniaturization.

 

North Korea 1

North Korea 2

Quote from Rodong Sinmun news article link:

‘The right to make a preemptive nuclear strike is by no means a monopoly of the U.S., he said, declaring that if the U.S. imperialists infringe upon the DPRK’s sovereignty and right to existence with nuclear weapons, it will never hesitate to make a preemptive nuclear strike at them.’

 

China: Maritime live fire exercises in South China Sea.

 

China, Russia: 9 day joint naval exercises.

Quote from Russian MOD news article link:

‘The China-Russia Joint Sea-2015 (II) exercise from Aug 20 to 28 involved more than 20 vessels, dozens of pieces of amphibious equipment and more than 400 marines, who completed joint beach landings, anti-submarine combat and air defense among other exercises.

Liu Xueda has been working on the destroyer Shenyang for seven years and participated in China-Russia drills in 2013 and 2014.

“Such drills help us keep vigilant and always prepared for wars,” Liu said.’

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